Soil & Crop Tour a huge success

I know I have mentioned before on what a great community we live in, but recently I was reminded once again! The thrift shop in Emo donated $2,000 to our beef clubs to help cover the costs of the abattoir and advertising. What a huge gesture that will appreciated by all 32 beef steer club members and club leaders. Thank you to all the ladies that spend many hours at the thrift shop and make it such a great option for many people in our community. Thank you!

Crossing my fingers and toes that we are going to have some decent weather for a bit, and we can make some hay. I cut most of the day Saturday and I was still hitting water. Some of it is hidden and when the disc bine hits it, it really slows the tractor and all down. The grass is old now, so the windrows don’t look as green as I am used to seeing. Thankfully I have a lot of trefoil and it is still green and in good shape. Trefoil is not valued enough. Last year it took the late frost better and even held up a bit longer in the drought. Now this year it is going to be the best part of my hay bales. The stuff I baled earlier isn’t going to be great hay with all the rain it has had and most of it. I couldn’t get off the field yet because of how wet the fields are. The evenings are already getting shorter, so we have less hours to get hay made. Shane was out on Sunday and cut most of the afternoon while Clayton welded something that came un-welded for me while I was cutting.

Marlee and I worked with our fair cattle and finished clipping our cow / calf pair. The cow is limping so we are really hoping that will heal up before the Fair. We can’t seem to catch a break at all this year.

The Soil & Crop Tour was a huge success last week. We saw some excellent crops between Fort Frances and Pinewood. Thank you to those that took the time to attend our open house as well. It was a beautiful day and night, so I do know that many people were in the hay field. I was still happy with a great turn out of people. Thank you very much to Jessie Tait from Tait Brothers Tiling for sponsoring our coffee break / lunch that evening. Another very kind thing that brightened my day!

On August 15 and 16 we have a company from Quebec coming to the Sales Barn to install our new Reader System. The reader system reads the cattle tags that are in the animals’ ears and sends the numbers to our computers. It is pretty cool technology. It is mandatory for these tags to be in the ear of cattle. (Also, other species like sheep and pigs.) The company is looking for two helpers while they are installing. If you are interested, could you please reach out to Murray at 276-0307. We can sign community hour sheets if you are student that is in need to time as well.

At our RRCA Board meeting last week we made the decision to cancel our Cattle Sale on August 27. James has been out visiting farms, but he just didn’t have the numbers needed to host a successful sale. We were aware this may be the case because of the lack of feed last fall there were no extra animals around. We will be back in full force at our September sale on the 24th. You can book animals with James anytime!

If you have time and would like to work a shift in the 4-H Food Booth at the Emo Fair, we would certainly be glad to have your help! We are limited with the number of kids we have and with the Beef Club being busy most of Saturday with their animals it leaves us tight. Again, this is an activity you can use for your volunteer /community hours. It is quite a bit of fun! If you can help, please reach out to Tami at 275-6432.

Just a quick reminder – pick up the Fair Book or look for it online! Take some time and exhibit something – it makes the Fair all that better when you get involved!